Our Holiday Gift Guide

What to give a cyclist? And as a cyclist, what to answer when somebody asks you to make a wish? Here are a few gift ideas that are certain to bring a cyclist joy for a long time.

You can’t go wrong with Bicycle Quarterly. Each edition covers a variety of topics and perspective, with well-written articles that are illustrated with beautiful photos and original artwork. Give a gift subscription ($36), and we’ll send a postcard announcing the gift. And when each magazine arrives, it’ll provide hours of reading enjoyment.

Just as popular are our past editions, whether it’s the 15th anniversary year (above) or our 4-packs on specific topics ($34). They provide a great opportunity to read up on specific topics or simply enjoy more of Bicycle Quarterly without having to wait for the next edition.

Our books also make great gifts. The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles ($35) is one of the most influential cycling books of the last decade. In print for more than a decade, it’s a true classic that has been translated into four languages. Cyclists who haven’t read it and marveled at the studio photos of these amazing bikes are in for a treat!

René Herse ($86) tells the fascinating story of the builder whose legacy we continue today, illustrated with hundreds of historic photos from the Herse family archives. We’ve even a very small number (about 10) of the Limited Edition, which comes with a beautiful slip case and four ready-to-frame art prints of unpublished photos ($185; above).

Third in our trilogy is The Competition Bicycle ($50), which tells the technical evolution of performance bikes through the actual bikes of great champions and amateurs.  Marvel at the bikes that won the Tour and Giro, were ridden to world championships and hour records, but also to first places in Paris-Brest-Paris and in the races of the Paris newspaper couriers, and learn how bikes evolved from highwheelers to modern machines with carbon disc wheels.

Our small Gilles Berthoud bags also make nice gifts. The Bottle Cage/Saddle Tool Bag ($79) fits into most bottle cages or under the saddle. It’s a neat way to carry a spare tube, a few tools, an energy or chocolate bar and a small wallet.

The Small Universal Bag ($98) is even more versatile. It fits under the saddle or on a rack. Mount it on top or hang it from the platform like a mini-pannier. Under the flap is a zippered compartment to carry your essential.

Previously unannounced, we’re offering the ultralight handlebar bag from the Concours de Machines ($375) in a limited edition. By removing everything that isn’t absolutely needed, Gilles Berthoud has created what must be the world’s lightest handlebar bag – without giving up durability or functionality. We’re taking pre-orders until January 15, and the bags will be delivered in March 2019.

Every cyclist can use a nice bottle cage or two. Choose among three Nitto models, from the versatile T cage ($70) to the superlight R ($95) – all work really well.

Our water bottles ($10) make great gifts, too. Designed by a Japanese artist, they celebrate our two brands and add a quote that sums up our approach to bicycles. They are based on Specialized’s popular Purist design, so they function matches their appearance.

Gilles Berthoud leather saddle is a great addition to any bike. Most riders find them extremely comfortable, but saddles preferences are very personal – check before giving a saddle! Choose between different models, with stainless steel or titanium rails ($228 – 295).

The Nitto Bike Stand ($99) is a great way to display a favorite bike. Made like Nitto’s beautiful racks, it holds your bike securely.

Still undecided? How about one of our Rene Herse Posters ($20) with favorite images from our book?

Holiday Shipping: We usually ship your order the same day it’s received, from our Seattle, WA, base. Select an appropriate shipping method if you want your order to arrive in time for the holidays.

Click on the links above to see each product, or click here to browse our entire program.

Photo credit: Isabel Uriarte (Photo 1)

About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

Spirited rides that zig-zag across mountain ranges. Bicycle Quarterly magazine and its sister company, Compass Cycles, that turns our research into the high-performance components we need for our adventures.
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7 Responses to Our Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Mark Lohmann says:

    The top winter photo really put a smile on my face! Thank you. Beautiful…

  2. Jacob Musha says:

    I love my Berthoud bag, but I wish they all came with the aluminum stiffener you’re including with the new ultralight bag. The (cardboard?) stiffener included with the normal bags is worse than useless. It adds significant weight without stiffening the bag in the most critical area, since it doesn’t connect to the back where the decaleur is attached. Instead it stiffens the bottom of the bag which makes it slide around on the rack. And it makes everything you put into the bag rattle like crazy.

    People have been making stiffeners similar to the aluminum one for years. Mine is made from wood and weighs 54g. It wasn’t a lot of effort to make, but it’s an obvious problem that I didn’t expect to have to solve myself on a ~$300 bag.

    • The standard bag doesn’t really need a stiffener – all those pockets and big leather trim make the bag stiff enough on its own. (Like you, I always discard the heavy original stiffener.) I’ve run the bag on my Mule for four years now without a stiffener on some really rough roads without problems.

      However, the stiffener still is nice, and we may consider offering it separately.

  3. Lee Woodburn says:

    Hello, I realize things are quite busy this time of year, but I was checking to see if the winter issue has been mailed yet. I had some confusion as to whether my subscription had run out, so I renewed and was not sure if it would go out under last year’s or the new one. If you could just let me know if they have been mailed I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you. Lillian Woodburn Albuquerque, NM

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  4. aquilaaudax1 says:

    Please explain to me how the ultra light bag costs so much more than the standard bag? It uses less canvas, less leather, replaces the quality buckles with cheaper elastic, and by the removal of the external pockets it should take less time to manufacture.

    • The ultralight bag costs 25% more than the standard one. That’s actually a very reasonable upcharge for a small, one-off production run. On these bags, the cost isn’t in the canvas and leather, but in the labor to make them.

      The parts of the standard bags are made with cutting dies. The extralight bag’s parts need to be cut by hand. That takes much more time. Also, the aluminum stiffener is hand-made. The standard bag doesn’t need one…

      It’s one of the basic truths of manufacturing: Making things in small production runs costs much more than large ones. The ultralight bag would be even more expensive if we hadn’t already done the R&D for the Concours de Machines. Considering all these factors, you’d actually expect the ultralight bag to cost more. However, because it’s such a small, one-time production run, we didn’t carefully calculate all the costs (which by itself takes time and thus costs money). It’s more of a flagship to show the potential of these bags – so many people think they are heavier than those made from ‘modern’ materials – than a money maker.

      Is it worth it? That really depends on your goals. Compared to most other parts, taking more 200 g off your bike for $ 75 is hard to beat, but if you’re going cyclotouring at a leisurely pace, I’d recommend the standard bag.

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